He’s the world’s biggest rapper, multimillionaire and all round music mogul.
But Jay-Z hasn’t forgotten his roots after scolding spoilsport bouncers during his V Festival performance on Sunday for stifling crowd participation during his set.
Halting his performance midway to tell the pit crew off for blocking the fans’ view, he shouted: ‘The fans paid their f******* money – let them see!’
Crowd plaaser: Jay-Z hasn’t forgotten his roots after scolding spoilsport bouncers during his V Festival performance on Sunday for stifling crowd participation during his set
He then encouraged the crowd to go wild, adding: ‘Wave them flags – get up and do what you wanna do,’ to a jubilant eruption of cheers.
The star then went on to perform his back catalogue of classics including 99 Problems, Jigga Man and Dirt Off Your Shoulder.
He was reportedly watched on from the side of the stage by longtime pal Rihanna who was seen dancing along to his set list according to eagle-eyed festival goers.
Jay-Z spared no expense as he traveled between the Staffordshire site of Saturday’s V Festival show to his follow-up headlining stint at Essex’s Hylands Park today.
Rockstar: Halting his performance midway to tell off the security and pit crew for blocking the fans’ view, he shouted: ‘The fans paid their f******* money – let them see!’
A source told MailOnline that Jay-Z has travelled the 170 miles between the sites via one of the world’s most expensive commercial helicopters – a Sikorsky S-92 worth £18million – which boasts an onboard bathroom and luxury fixtures and furnishings.
But his first class journey will lead him to even more luxurious surroundings ahead of his Sunday performance, as he’ll have command of a whopping five dressing rooms on a private half-acre plot, while 30 security guards will be on hand to keep him safe.
While the star was so keen to ensure his safety at all times he even borrowed bulletproof vehicles from the military to transport him in between helicopter rides.
A source told The Sun: ‘Jay Z’s travel plans were extreme. His S92 helicopter was like nothing seen before, even though none of his family had come with him.
It’s no Hard Knock Life: The Sikorsky S-92 he travelled on boasts an onboard bathroom among its numerous extravagant fixtures and fittings
‘The thing was so big it even has its own toilet on board. It was huge. V had planned to bring in a fleet of Mercedes-Benz with blacked-out windows for Jay and his crew too.
‘But he insisted that would not be good enough. He said his cars had to be bulletproof, so they had to borrow armoured vehicles from the Army.’
He was even given his own half-acre plot backstage equipped with five dressing rooms and 30 on duty guards.
The Hard Knock Life rapper’s Saturday night performance at Weston Park proved to be a hit with fans, with it being his first engagement in the UK since he and wife Beyoncé welcomed the birth of their twins Sir and Rumi.
Jay-Z took some time out to pay tribute to Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington as he ended his set with their 2004 chart-topping collaboration Numb/Encore.
No expense spared: Once at the Essex site, the Hard Knock Life rapper – married to singing sensation Beyoncé – will have a whopping five dressing rooms and 30 security guards at hand
The musician and mogul said to the capacity audience gathered at the park: ‘Can I get some love for Chester tonight?’ before asking them to ‘make some noise so he can hear you in heaven’.
Chester, 41, died by suicide in July at his home in Palos Verdes, California.
Earlier this month, Jay Z’s close pal Chris Martin paid tribute to Chester with a solo piano version of Linkin Park’s 2000 hit Crawling at a Coldplay concert in New Jersey.
Chris made a mistake at the start of the song but began again, after saying: ‘I know this is probably going to end up on YouTube so I want to do it right, and I want to do it respectfully.’
Taking the stage: Jay-Z, real name Shawn Carter, performed to a capacity crowd on Saturday
Tribute: As he closed out his set, he urged the crowd to help him in paying tribute to his late musician pal Chester Bennington, who hanged himself on July 20
He dedicated the performance to musicians and to people everywhere, who are missing loved ones.
He added: ‘This is to everybody who misses someone you know. This is for our whole community of musicians.’
Chester’s bandmate, Mike Shinoda, shared a video of the emotional recital on Instagram and wrote: ‘Thank you @coldplay. It sounded beautiful.’
The rocker was laid to rest earlier this month at an funeral with a few hundred people – including family members, friends, bandmates and musicians he had worked with over the years – in attendance.
Collaboration: The rapper collaborated with Chester Bennington and his band Linkin Park on the 2004 chart-topping hit Numb/Encore
Stage: The pair, pictured with Sir Paul McCartney at the Grammy Awards in 2006, performed live together on a number of occasions, thanks to the success of their collaboration